Class of 2015
Tommy Brown 6-2 275 Sr OL/DL Grand Rapids Northview Davenport
Brown is part of what is looking more and more like a blockbuster rookie recruiting class for Davenport, which continues to pluck Lake Area talent away from GLIAC schools to an NAIA program that has yet to play a game. It’s actually the perfect fit for Brown particularly if he wants to play on the offensive line, where he’s really improved over the last year. He may not have the height and length to carry over from his current tackle spot, but with his mobility, physicality and toughness could be a terrific guard. Those same traits serve him well as a defensive tackle, where he is a three-year starter for the Wildcats.
Tyree Jackson 6-5 210 Sr QB Muskegon Mona Shores Buffalo
With an in-season coaching change at Buffalo, Jackson could potentially be one of the state’s hottest recruiting commodities as January approaches. He’s always been good, but has taken his game to another level as a senior, a four-year senior growing into his body and now able to make all the throws. Jackson is the perfect trigger man for an offense with as many options as Mona Shores, keeping his teammates happy and defenses on their heels. He has to chuck it less than in previous years as the Sailors’ have a more balanced attack thanks to the emergence of senior running back Deontay Moffett. Where his improved athleticism and physical maturity really show are when he holds onto the ball, as now Jackson can beat you with designed runs, though he can still get better scrambling when plays break down. In the regular season he completed 84-of-144 throws for 1,400 yards with 17 TDs and three picks while running for 485 yards and seven TDs.
Joeviair Kennedy 6-3 195 Sr WR Muskegon
The three top receivers in the senior class give you a differenct look. Allendale’s Nate Couturier is the shifty slot guy. Ottawa Hills’ Sam Beal is the pure speed field stretcher. Then there’s Kennedy, the big, physical blue-collar target. Which isn’t to say he’s not an athlete, quite the opposite Hip Hop has an offer from D2 No. 1 Ferris State and one in basketball from Northern Illinois. He runs his routes hard, blocks like he means it, can go up and get it across the middle and has body control to haul in the ball and make it official along the sidelines. Kennedy moves well into breaks and can accelerate after the catch.
Matt Schuiteman 6-2 175 Sr WR Muskegon Mona Shores
He may not be the first guy you think about from Mona Shores’ stable of skill position threats. And on pure talent, maybe he shouldn’t be. But production? He’s been QB Tyree Jackson’s favorite target this season despite missing three games with injury. Schuiteman had a career game last Friday playing Muskegon for the O-K Black championship. He repeatedly abused the Big Reds’ secondary getting behind it along the left sideline to make eight catches for 150 yards and two TDs. It was his second consecutive game with eight catches and 150 yards. He has good straight line speed — Schuiteman was a member of Mona’s state finalist 4×100 team last spring — who with more consistent hands and strength is a college receiver.
Cole VanOosten 6-7 270 Sr OL/DL Kalamazoo United
He’s part of the Kalamazoo Christian contingent that has come in to join forces with Kalamazoo Hackett and help the combined team reach the Division 4 playoffs. VanOosten is their top lineman both ways. Defensively he could swallow up runners thanks to his sheer size advantage in the KVA. Where VanOosten really intrigues though is as an offensive tackle because of his length. He has good flexibility for his size and positions himself well to help compensate for lack of elite athleticism.
Class of 2016
Dom Shermeta 5-11 205 Jr LB Muskegon Mona Shores
That’s ironic, a day after we published our top five junior linebackers, Shermeta, who wasn’t named, goes out against Muskegon and turns in a performance that any of those five would envy. Mona’s defense puts a lot of hats on the ball, but time and again it was Shermeta’s Carolina Blue dome at the tip of the spear. He’s not overly big, but he’s packed together, plays low and is a good fundamental tackler. He finished the regular seaosn with 120 tackles. If Shermeta can put on 15 and still run a sub 4.6 … well, GLIAC schools hope he doesn’t.
Class of 2017
Duke Angers 6-1 230 So RB/LB Maple City Glen Lake
He may have the best name in the Lake Area, but that’s not why Angers is a ranked underclassman. He was a jumbo fullback for Glen Lake who looks like he’ll keep getting bigger and can project him to any number of spots, and is already the team’s top tackler. Duke is the son of Lakers head coach Jerry Angers and will be a four-year varsity player.